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Posted on April 21, 2015

Potters Resort Review

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During the Easter break we were invited to spend a weekend at Potters Resort in Norfolk. Potters Resort is at Hopton-on-Sea off the A12 midway between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, in a rural coastal setting not far from the Norfolk Broads. It is in a really great location right next to the beach. At Potters Resort everything is included in your stay, so once you have paid you really don’t need to think about anything else! There is no need to even leave the site!


We stayed in a Bungalow Plus, which is a step-up from the standard Bungalow. I was pretty underwhelmed with the accommodation to be honest, it was very clean and we had everything that we needed, it was also comfortable, but compare my pictures to those on the website and you’ll see lots of lovely cushions on the bed and they are dressed really nicely, ours however were not…


My only other real gripe with the accommodation were the mirrors, they had all been wiped over with a wet cloth so they were really streaked, I’m a little OCD when it comes to mirrors and love them to shine and would really expect it in a place like this. I’ve done a little video of how the Bungalow looked as soon as I walked it, it’s only very small as I had a quick walk round and the kids were dying to get in and my phone was dying too.

It’s good to know what to expect with accommodation and I was expecting a little more luxury from the photos on the website. Having said that we were perfectly comfortable and happy with the accommodation once we had settled in. The refrigerator came in really handy and there were also towels, toiletries, hairdryer, iron and iron board provided, so we had everything that we might need. The beds were very comfy too!


Potters Resort offers 4 meals a day for each full day of your stay… Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack. We never got round to having the midnight snack as we were always so full and the kids were too tired but we really enjoyed the meals that we did have. The kids loved being able to go to the buffet and choose exactly what they wanted. There was always a really good selection for both adults and children. My only criticism is I would have liked to see more veggies for the kids. The service staff were fantastic and always made sure we had everything we needed.


We ate every meal in the Garden Restaurant which seats over 600 guests. On arrival we were given our table number and this is where we ate every meal time. We loved just being able to walk in and sit at our table which was upstairs so we could watch everything going on below. The restaurant was never too busy and we didn’t ever really have to queue at the buffet which was nice. You could also select some meals from the menu which were always brought out in a very timely manner. We really cannot fault anything about the restaurant or meals we had.


Evening entertainment gets top marks from us! It was fantastic! It took place in the Atlas Theatre each evening, we went here both nights. One night I took the kids to the kids entertainment while the bingo was on and then joined Daddy for the Legends show presented by Potters Theatre Company which is described as a thrilling journey from the days of rock ‘n’ roll to today’s Kings and Queens of pop. With something for everyone this show spans 60 years of hits and pays tribute to incredible array of stars including Elvis, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Take That and over 30 more! The kids sat glued to it, the singing, dancing was better than anything I’ve ever seen at a holiday resort before! We were very very impressed.

The second night we played bingo which had really good cash prizes, the flyer prize was over £700 unfortunately we didn’t win… but it was really good fun and such a good turn out too! Then it was another show presented by Potters Theatre Company called ‘Stage and Screen’ which had all the kids in the room enthralled as it started over by covering some amazing Disney songs! Another fantastic show!


On arrival we were given a schedule of everything happening for our stay, so many brilliant activities that were included in the cost of the holiday so we didn’t have to worry about anything, we just turned up at the allocated times and got in the queues for each one, we didn’t have to wait long for anything!

One thing is for sure, you will never be bored at Potters Resort! The kids went on fun karts, bungee trampolines, played on the playbus, went on the mega army assault course, Boo won a medal for winning junior archery, we played table tennis, had a go at indoor kurling and played on the playground… all this is one day!


There was also so much more that we didn’t do and even more that we couldn’t do because of the kids ages.  I would say Potters Resort is perfect for older kids as there is so much for them to do. I would have liked to have seen it a little more friendly for under 5’s but still a really good range of things to do.


The beach is a very short walk and you can access it via steps, as you can see from the photos it is a narrow stretch of sand, the kids found plenty of places to play. The sea was very cold  but the sand was lovely!


The beach is an added bonus on a sunny day but really the kids won’t even have time to think about going to the beach with everything available on the resort :)


We had a fantastic weekend and would most definitely go back! I loved not having to worry about cooking, I could just turn up for my meals and relax! The kids loved absolutely everything but mostly the activities and not being told no because we couldn’t afford something! Daddy’s favourite was the evening entertainment and the kippers at breakfast which he said were the best he’d ever had!

The resort also has beauty studio in case you need a little pampering, if we had been there for longer I would have definitely taken advantage of that. There is also a swimming pool, ten pin bowling and so many more activities that we didn’t get time to take part in.

So yes we would highly recommend Potter’s Resort to you!

Posted on April 13, 2015

Spring Bliss at Eden Hall

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It’s no secret how much I love Eden Hall Day Spa. I reviewed for them back in 2013 and got the chance to go back again a couple of weeks ago to enjoy a Spring Bliss package with my other half. Well we had another amazing day, most of our day was sat relaxing and chatting in the conservatory which has had lovely new furniture since last time we went, I also like to spend lots of time in the outdoors hot tubs!


The Spring Bliss packages offers unlimited use of the spa and leisure facilities; you can take a dip in the pool, relax in the outdoor hot tubs or join in a fitness class. Also included is a three course lunch in the Seventh Heaven Restaurant. The food is absolutely gorgeous!


The revitalising treatment which is included in this gorgeous package offers a relaxing back massage using Elemis essential oils selected for individual needs and a facial which has been specially designed to awaken and brighten the skin. The final touch is a soothing scalp massage to leave you floating on air. Treatment time is 55 minutes and it really is 55 minutes of pure heaven. The package is £115 Mon-Fri or £125 Sat-Sun and is worth every single penny! I wish I could afford to go once a week lol!


All of the facilities are really clean, well looked after and the staff are really friendly! They also have a fantastic spa shop which sells the products that they use for the treatments. If you have a treatment then you can get good discounts on products in the shop afterwards or you can always shop online. I was treated to a goodie bag and just love the products I received especially the Spafind haircare goodies, my hair feels so amazing!

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My goodies to take home.

We will definitely be back to Eden Hall in the next few months, we absolutely love the place and cannot find a bad thing about it! We’ve been to a few spa’s now and this is most definitely our favourite!

Next time I’m there I will be trying their new ‘foot smoothie‘ treatment which is April’s treatment of the month for just £20 currently! I just love having my feet pampered!

I’m also really interested in their new ‘Essential Elements Spa Experience’ where you are given a back treatment to suit your personality according to your star sign! Find out more on the special offers page.

Well after writing all that I’m picking up the phone to book again now 😉

* We were invited to spend the day at Eden Hall free of charge, all thoughts are honest and my own opinion.

Posted on August 8, 2013

Our Trip to Manchester

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We recently had a trip to Manchester which we reviewed for the lovely people over at Little Stuff. We had a fantastic time and I wanted to share it with all of my readers too; head over to Little Stuff and read our review.

Beautiful Manchester

I would love to go back for a few days and explore properly :)

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Posted on July 12, 2012

Sand Le Mere Holiday Park Review

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A while ago I was asked if we would like to review a short break at Sand Le Mere Holiday Village on the East Yorkshire Coast; obviously I said yes and cheekily asked if we would be able to stay in one of their 3 bedroom Luxury Lodges. At the time I thought Lero would be coming with us so I knew if we stayed in a caravan that we would be getting under each others feet. I was over the moon  when he came back and said yes we could :)

The kids enjoying Trunki races :)

So off we went up to Sand le Mere – it’s just under a 2 hour drive from Nottingham so it’s not a bad journey; the kids kept themselves entertained in the back with the iPad whilst my job as always is to navigate (pretend to navigate and play on twitter instead and get us lost) – anyway we arrived at Sand Le Mere at about 2pm; our letter said not to arrive on park until 3pm but I thought I’d go and see if our accommodation was ready anyway! It was thankfully and we all excitedly went to our lodge! The Lodge was gorgeous; everything we could have hoped for and More! There was a even dishwasher!!! 😉 I have some videos which I am just preparing from our lodge – so you’ll get a better idea of how fab it was soon!

Relaxing ;)

Sand le Mere have just invested over 4 million in brand new facilities and they had only just opened when we went. The facilities are brilliant and they really appeal to me as they are all shiny, clean and new 😉 The new swimming pool is fab and we spent lots of time in here. Boo & Bugs especially loved the children’s splash area with slide whilst Mummy & Daddy preferred to go and sit in the Sauna & Steam room. The pool is free if you are staying at Sand le Mere; although they do have slots during the day set aside for certain activities such as aqua jets, inflatable, water polo etc and these are available at extra cost. Our two little ones were a bit young to enjoy any of these other activities so we didn’t get to go to any of those but they’d be great for older kids and teens. The changing facilities are brilliant – all spotless, lots of single cubicles and some family ones too! There is also a really good gym that James enjoyed a couple of time; personally I went on holiday for a rest 😉

Beautiful fountain & lake

The holiday village is very pretty and serene and we all really enjoyed our time there! There is a beautiful fishing lake on the park which is a really lovely place to walk round; James would have loved to have gone fishing there if he had chance! Although we were only there for 4 nights we really did relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. We had no phone signal, wifi or 3g while we were on site and it was really lovely to just switch off from technology and enjoy the kids!

The kids loved feeding the ducks :)

We got to sit out most evenings while we were there; the lodge had patio doors onto the decked area with patio furniture – it was wonderful just to sit out and enjoy a glass of wine while the kids sped up and down on their trunki’s. Each night we headed down to the brand new show lounge which had Bingo at 8pm and then a children’s disco or games at 8.30pm. I would have prefered this to have been at 7.30pm as my kids were exhausted by 8.30pm! The staff were all really lovely and great with the kids!

Enjoying a beer.

The site has a really well stocked shop but I was put off from buying anything as probably 90% off the items were not priced! Instead we nipped to the local Tesco which was about 10 minute drive.  I think we would have been lost if we had not had a car as the activities on site could not have kept us entertained for the time we were there. If you’re looking for a peaceful holiday village with lovely facilities then I would definitely consider Sand Le Mere but do a bit of research first to see what is out there for you to do! You may find this website to be of some help :)

Boo at Sand Le Mere Fishing Lake

Whilst at Sand le Mere we took two day trips. One day we went to Hull and to The Deep which is good; overpriced but good! We spent about 2 hours there; I think the kids could have done with being a bit older to fully appreciate it but they loved the aquarium :) On the other day we went to Bridlington; which is a lovely day out – unfortunately it rained when we went but we still got to enjoy the sea front :)

Tunstall Beach

We had a really lovely time at Sand le Mere and would definitely go again :)

Posted on April 20, 2012

Out & About – Gullivers Kingdom at Matlock Bath

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Gulliver’s Kingdom is a family run theme park set on a hill side in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. I was recently invited to Gulliver’s on a press event but have been a few times before when Lero and Boo were smaller. Gulliver’s really is a great family day out with over 65 rides, attractions and shows to see each day. Boo is at a perfect age for Gulliver’s and could go on every ride she wanted to, even Bugs and I went on a lot of rides so we really did get our money’s worth! 
The one thing about Gulliver’s that I always forget is that it is set on a really steep hillside! I always forget just how steep it is until I get there! If you have a pushchair it is HARD work! But don’t let it put you off as you will have a really good day and if you’re cheeky like I am then you can just get one of the nice young staff to help you out! ;O) Since my last visit Gulliver’s have installed a travelator to the top half of the park so this makes things a lot easier; they are looking in to getting more installed but they also have a chair lift so fear not… it really is worth going 😉 
Gulliver’s has a good selection of places to eat, all reasonably priced. there are toilets and baby-changing on every level which are all clean. It is also worth mentioning that over 50% of their rides and attractions are undercover so if it does happen to rain on your day out, your visit will not be ruined! 
Gulliver’s have lots of special event’s throughout the year such as a Pirates & Princesses weekend in May, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic weekend in June and many more. They also do great kids birthday parties! The entry price to Gulliver’s is £13.95 this I feel is very reasonable and well worth the money.

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